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1. Self Medicated a Film About Art (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

Whether you are a successful artist, an unproven entity, or struggling to create while working a 9-5, there is a common thread amongst most creative types: a depression that is kept at bay ... See full summary »

Director: Ethan H. Minsker | Stars: Richard Allen, Raul Ayala, Mike Cohen, Timothy Danger

Votes: 16

2. Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz | Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter

Votes: 612 | Gross: $0.24M

3. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,889 | Gross: $0.26M

4. The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

PG | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Pablo Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir

Votes: 1,825 | Gross: $0.27M

5. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 20,267

6. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,056 | Gross: $0.19M

7. Bill Cunningham: New York (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

Director: Richard Press | Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Editta Sherman

Votes: 4,930 | Gross: $1.51M

8. Iris (I) (2001)

R | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville

Votes: 16,315 | Gross: $1.29M

9. Art & Copy (2009)

TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Hal Riney, Lee Clow

Votes: 1,684

10. The Art of the Steal (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Julian Bond, David D'Arcy, Richard Feigen, Richard H. Glanton

Votes: 2,166 | Gross: $0.54M

11. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 900 | Gross: $0.15M

12. The Cool School (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

How LA Learned to Love Modern Art. A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Eve Babitz, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston

Votes: 224

13. Tim's Vermeer (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, History

76 Metascore

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller | Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman

Votes: 7,387 | Gross: $1.66M

14. Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.

Directors: Tom Donahue, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker | Stars: Cindy Sherman, John Waters, Eric Bogosian, Danny DeVito

Votes: 195

15. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,191 | Gross: $0.10M

16. Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

48 Metascore

A documentary that looks at how early filmmaking influenced the Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Director: Arne Glimcher | Stars: Alexander Blaise, Adam Gopnik, Tom Gunning, Owen Lund

Votes: 197

17. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

R | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy

Votes: 4,010 | Gross: $0.53M

18. Herb & Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.

Director: Megumi Sasaki | Stars: Paula Antebi, Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis

Votes: 804 | Gross: $0.19M

19. Crumb (1994)

R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

93 Metascore

An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb

Votes: 17,152 | Gross: $3.17M

20. Beautiful Darling (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary on Candy Darling, The Life and Times of the Andy Warhol Superstar.

Director: James Rasin | Stars: Candy Darling, Andy Warhol, Holly Woodlawn, Fran Lebowitz

Votes: 504

21. Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

A true documentary of the art and culture of glass pipe-making

Director: Marble Slinger

Votes: 175

22. Helvetica (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Manfred Schulz, Massimo Vignelli, Rick Poynor, Wim Crouwel

Votes: 7,110 | Gross: $0.20M

23. Just Like Being There (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community ... See full summary »

Director: Scout Shannon | Stars: Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, Kevin Tong

Votes: 133

24. How Art Made the World (2005– )

300 min | Documentary

Documentary series looking at the influence of art on the current day situation of our society.

Stars: Nigel Spivey, Dominic Ffytche, James David Lewis-Williams, Stefano Mariottini

Votes: 572

25. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

75 Metascore

A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel | Stars: Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Daniel Arnaud, Simon Amédé

Votes: 12,248 | Gross: $1.51M

26. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2003)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

Heinz Bütler interviews Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) late in life. Cartier-Bresson pulls out photographs, comments briefly, and holds them up to Bütler's camera. A few others share ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Bütler | Stars: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Brooks, Robert Delpire, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 298 | Gross: $0.03M

27. Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006– )

60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style, a work of art from a great master. He concentrates not just on the art... See full summary »

Stars: Simon Schama, Grégoire Bonnet, Allan Corduner, Andrea Gherpelli

Votes: 912

28. Eva Hesse (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History

69 Metascore

Documentary feature film focusing on the life and times of Eva Hesse, a ground-breaking artist who was active in New York and Germany in the 1960's.

Director: Marcie Begleiter | Stars: Selma Blair, Bob Balaban, Patrick Kennedy, Julia-Maria Köhler

Votes: 130 | Gross: $0.11M

29. Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

72 Metascore

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh

Votes: 1,040

30. Marina Abramovic In Brazil: The Space In Between (2016)

86 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

In search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and exploring limits between art, immateriality and consciousness. How far will she go to create her work of art?

Director: Marco Del Fiol | Stars: Marina Abramovic, João de Deus, Andy Grice, Dorothy W. Cooke

Votes: 338

31. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, News

A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director: Franny Armstrong | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Jehangir Wadia, Alvin DuVernay, Layefa Malini

Votes: 4,075

32. Basquiat: Rage to Riches (2017 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

Nearly 30 years after his death, this documentary film of Jean-Michel Basquiat details how the self-taught Brooklyn-born artist rose to be one of the greats on the international art marketplace.

Director: David Shulman | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Bruno Bischofberger, Mary Boone, Bob Colacello

Votes: 115

33. The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

90 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen | Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter

Votes: 360

34. Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard | Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson

Votes: 1,274 | Gross: $0.06M

35. Camille Claudel (1988)

R | 175 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Nuytten | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $0.20M

36. Pollock (2000)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.

Director: Ed Harris | Stars: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Robert Knott, Molly Regan

Votes: 25,801 | Gross: $8.60M

37. Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (2016)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th Century. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two ... See full summary »

Director: Dieter Berner | Stars: Noah Saavedra, Maresi Riegner, Valerie Pachner, Marie Jung

Votes: 862

38. Georgia O'Keeffe (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Biopic of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, Ed Begley Jr., Kathleen Chalfant

Votes: 793

39. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 11,706 | Gross: $11.57M

40. La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

Unrated | 238 min | Drama

The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Béart, Marianne Denicourt

Votes: 6,094 | Gross: $0.41M

41. The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010)

PG | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

75 Metascore

Risking being denounced as an 'enemy of the people,' Igor Savitsky rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artists' works and creates in a far desert of Soviet Uzbekistan a museum now worth millions.

Directors: Tchavdar Georgiev, Amanda Pope | Stars: Edward Asner, Sally Field, Ben Kingsley, Igor Paramonov

Votes: 183

42. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

68 Metascore

A portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century art.

Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland | Stars: Peggy Guggenheim, Jacqueline Bograd Weld, Francine Prose, John Richardson

Votes: 614 | Gross: $0.50M

43. Klimt (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Biography, Drama

44 Metascore

A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Stephen Dillane, Saffron Burrows

Votes: 2,689

45. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986)

43 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Nan Goldin's slide show "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" converted, mixed and screened as a film by the artist, portraying the American underground culture, the no wave scene, post-Stonewall gay subculture, among others.

Director: Nan Goldin | Star: Andy Warhol

Votes: 19



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